Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour granted unconditional pardons to 214 prisoners just before leaving office on Tuesday, including 4 murderers and other violent offenders (video below).
Victims' families are outraged and Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green blocked the release of a few of the prisoners, stating that Gov. Barbour violated the Mississippi State Constitution by not publishing their release date 30 days in advance.
The pardons are "a slap in the face to everyone in law enforcement and Gov. Barbour should be ashamed," said state Attorney General Jim Hood.